Friday, December 16, 2011

Kyla Brooke is 3 Months Old!


My sweet angel baby,

You are 3 months old! The fact that you are 1/4 of the way through your first year of life blows me away! I catch myself still using the word newborn but you are not a newborn anymore. You are at SUCH a fun, sweet age and your daddy and I are constantly commenting on how we wish we could just freeze time. Here's what you are up to at 3 months of age:

-You are wearing 3 month size clothes and are still in size 1 diapers. I suspect you will move up a size in diapers over the next month.

-We think you weigh somewhere around 12-12.5 lbs.

-You have recently found your voice and love to "talk". You talk more than your brother did - you're all girl :) Your talking can get really loud and I often have to take you to the other side of the house to keep you from waking Cayden!

-You still love the Avent classic pacifiers and won't keep anything else in your mouth. We tried to give you the MAM brand recently and you hate it. It's the only kind Cayden would even somewhat tolerate but it causes you to gag. You have a very sensitive gag reflux we have discovered.

-You are still sleeping in our room at night but sleep in your crib for naps. You are doing well in your crib and seem to LOVE your room. You stare at everything on the walls and really seem to love your bedding. You're constantly staring at it and wanting to touch it. We plan to move you to your bed at night soon.

-You are very observant even at this age. You look at people trying to get them to make eye contact with you. When they talk to you, you shoot them a sweet smile. You smile with your whole face and your eyes light up - it's so sweet.

-You love it when Cayden talks to you and smiles at you. I hope that you two will grow up to become great friends.
We love you so much, our precious angel baby!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent 2011 - Preschool Edition

It's officially December 1st and we have officially kicked off the Christmas season at the Day household! Technically, Advent started this past Sunday but with two small kiddos at home, we aren't doing Advent in the traditional manner. Our focus is still the same. Focusing on Christ coming to earth as a babe to save us all and preparing our hearts for His glorious return to take us home. But we decided that with an almost 3 year old and an almost 3 month old, this "preschool edition" works better for our family right now. No candles, no fuss - just simple and tangible and something that we think Cayden will grasp. We are starting Advent tonight as a family and I'm really excited about it. Here's what we're planning to do.


We will gather in the living room around our Little People Nativity (which is Cayden's very favorite thing to play with right now and it makes my heart happy!) with only the lights from the Christmas tree on and talk about how Jesus came to earth as a baby to be the light of the world. That before He came, we were separated from God but because Jesus came, we are able to freely come before God and can spend eternity with him in Heaven. We will pray asking God to prepare our hearts for worship. I have typed up a simplified version of the Christmas story (verses from the Bible not a paraphrase) that we will read and use the Little People Nativity to act it out and talk it through with Cayden. We will start off slow and then build on the story each night. We will sing some Christmas songs. And that's it! That's our no fuss no frills Advent plan. I think it will work for us at this point in our lives but like anything, we will evaluate and reassess if it's not working. More than anything, we want Cayden to grasp the essential truths and meaning behind this Season so if it's not working for us, we will adjust!

Another thing I am implementing into our Christmas traditions this year is a countdown to Jesus' Birthday calendar. We don't focus on Santa in our house but we still want our children to experience the awe, wonder, and excitement of the Christmas season. This is just a fun thing to do as a family. I found online (I think it was on confessionsofahomeschooler.com but I'm not exactly sure - I confess, I can be quite the blog stalker!) these "ornaments" that someone had made in photoshop. I printed them on card stock, cut them out, hole punched them, strung them, and Cayden and I hung them on his little Christmas tree in the playroom.


They are numbered 1-24 and each day in December he will pick one off the tree - he will pick one for the corresponding day of the month - and written on the back is something fun that we will do that day. They range from going places, helping mommy bake, or doing a craft. Some days are more complicated than others but I think it's a fun thing that our kids will look forward to each year!
Cayden was excited to pick an ornament off the tree this morning - it's one of the first things he said when he woke up. I have always loved Christmas time but I love it even more now that I have little kiddos. Seeing the excitement and experiencing the joy through their eyes is such a neat gift as a parent!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Cards

I had a hard time deciding on a style of cards this year so I ended up ordering 3 different kinds! I love shutterfly and order lots of different things from them throughout the year. If you're still shopping around for Christmas cards, you should check them out! They have tons of cute designs to choose from and great customer service!

5x7 Folded Card
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kyla Brooke is 2 Months Old!


My sweet Kyla Brooke,

You are 2 months old! Here's what you're up to at this point in your lil' life.

-You are wearing 0-3 month and 3 month size clothes and size 1 diapers. You take after big brother and have a long torso!

-At your 2 month check up today (where you got 5 shots - poor little girl!), you weighed 11.25 lbs and are 23 inches long. You are in the 90th percentile for length! Daddy and I wonder if you will stay tall.

-You smile all the time and we LOVE it! Your very favorite thing is to have people talk to you. You smile really big anytime people give you attention and smile at you. You smile like I did as a baby and it makes my heart happy to see that little trait of mine passed down to you.

-You still like riding in the car, although you are becoming less of a fan of getting in the carseat.

-You slept "through the night" (6.5 hours) for the first time at 7 weeks. You consistently sleep about 5-6 hours at night these days.

-You coo a lot - you love it when we talk to you. One of my very favorite things right now is to have a cooing conversation with you. You make the most animated little faces and expressions - it is adorable!

-Your eyes are still a very pretty blue. My friend Leslie just snapped this picture of you last week at exactly 8 weeks and you can tell how blue your eyes are. I love this picture SO much. It's one of my very favorite pictures ever. I will treasure it always.

-My attempt to get you on a 7-10-1-4 eating schedule worked well. You usually wake from sleeping around that time to let me know it's time to eat! You have dropped the 1 AM feed and the 4 AM feed usually gets pushed back a tad. Next, we''ll be working on dropping the 4 AM feed altogether.

-You have decided that you love the Avent classic pacifiers. You will take other paci's but the Avent ones are the only ones that you seem to keep in your mouth.

-You are starting to pay more attention to Cayden and you like it when he pays attention to you.

-You had your first pedicure experience over the last month. I met up with Aunt Rissa and we got pedicures - you slept through the experience. My heart smiles thinking about the day that we can do that together!

-You have amazing head control and are already sitting up in the Bumbo. You are really strong!

-You are still such a mild mannered, happy baby who doesn't cry much. I am constantly grateful and praising the Lord for blessing me with such a sweet, sweet girl.

You are so deeply loved by daddy, Cayden, and myself. We love and cherish this time in life with you as a sweet baby.

Love,

Momma

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween...

...from Woody and Jesse!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kyla Brooke is 1 month old!

Kyla Brooke,


We so greatly anticipated your arrival and the fact that you've already reached the 1 month mark blows your momma's mind! You are THE sweetest little baby and we are so thankful that the Lord blessed our family with you. Here's what you're up to at 1 month old.

-You are wearing newborn size clothes and newborn diapers.

-You are a good eater and have put on weight but you're still a tiny little thing! We think you're somewhere between 8-9 lbs.

-You have started giving us random coo's over the last couple weeks and we love it so much!

-You smile sometimes, and while we know it's not intentional yet, it's so cute!

-Your hair is slowly coming in. It's still hard to tell what color it is but we think it will be dark blonde/light brown - like big brother's.

-You love to ride in the car and sleep really well in your carseat.

-You get hiccups it seems like at least once a day and while they don't seem to bother you, they do keep you (well...you and mommy) up at night.

-I am trying to get you on a 7-10-1-4 eating schedule and you're doing pretty well with it.

-You wake up to eat about every 2.5 to 3 hours and have even given me an occasional 4 hour break between feedings at night. You usually wake up to eat twice in the night. You sleep well the first stretch and the third stretch but the middle of the night stretch you seem to stay awake for quite a while (like a few hours). Mommy is hoping to remedy this VERY soon.

-You have beautiful blue eyes. The doctor said at your 2 week check up (where you weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz and were in the 2nd percentile) that your eyes were so blue that he doubted they would turn another color. He said that at Cayden's 2 week check up too and he was right so I'm hoping he's right for you as well.

-You are a very calm tempered patient baby and daddy and I are SO thankful for your sweet disposition. You hardly ever cry - when you wake up at night to eat, you don't even cry - you just grunt at me.

-Speaking of grunting, you are a HUGE grunter! Daddy and I laugh because you're such a cute, dainty little girl and then you let out these giant old man grunts - it seems unnatural coming from you!

-You love pacifiers - you don't seem to have a favorite brand, you will take to just about any of them - but you're having trouble learning to keep them in your mouth.

Everyone is constantly commenting on what a sweet baby you are. I could seriously eat you up with a spoon! I have to pinch myself sometimes to fully believe that I'm not dreaming and you and your brother are mine! God is so good :) You are so, so loved sweet girl. Happy 1 month birthday!

Love,

Mommy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

All about our little beauty...

My friend and talented photographer Leslie took newborn photos of Kyla Brooke when she was 6 days old. I am pretty thrilled with the way they turned out. I am pretty smitten with her as well.

Big brother adores her. I was worried that he might resent her but he is showing no signs of any sort of feelings like that. He is very gentle with her and constantly wants to touch her and look at her. And he always asks to see her feet - so funny! Speaking of her feet, they are HUGE! They are very skinny, like the rest of her, but they are long and remind me of skis - ha! She has long skinny fingers too. Cayden wants to get in her face to look at her and if her eyes are open, he thinks it's hilarious and laughs.

Kyla Brooke is a really good baby. She usually only cries when she needs something. Even at night when she wakes up to eat, she just grunts and groans for several minutes until I get her. When she does cry, it's not a shrill cry like Cayden had. Thank goodness! She's also starting to coo and we love it! It's so cute!

She is a patient little thing and we are all amazed at how alert she is. She seems to be so curious about everything around her. She opens her eyes really wide and looks around at everything.

She has taken to a pacifier and it's been great. Cayden would never take one. He just got frustrated that nothing was coming out and would start screaming! She really seems to have the need to suck on something and does well with the paci. She is still having some trouble keeping it in her mouth on her own but she'll get it.

She is so strong! She has been lifting her head since she was 2 days old. While we were still in the hospital, she was trying to roll over. She constantly kicks her little legs and is moving her arms. Even the nurses at the hospital were talking about how active she is!

She is a good sleeper. She would prefer sleeping while being held, what baby wouldn't!, but she sleeps pretty good in her cradle and in the swing. She goes anywhere from 2-5 hours (usually 3-4) at night. Since she's a crazy arm mover, we swaddle her up at night and she sleeps good. If we don't swaddle her, she hits herself in the face and wakes herself up.

She's a good eater although she has trouble staying awake so I am working on getting her to eat a full meal instead of just "snacking". We can definitely tell that she is gaining weight though. We are ready for her to get some meat on her bones -- she's so tiny!! My mom and I had to go buy her some more newborn things (which are still big) because we were expecting her to be 8 lbs and didn't have much newborn stuff!


Before she was born, I wondered how it would be possible for me to love someone else the way I love Cayden. I knew that I would somehow but it was still a foreign idea. But now she's here and as a mommy of 2, I can say that I totally do! It's amazing the love that I have for these 2 little people. Life is tiring these days but I feel so so blessed :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Birth Story of Kyla Brooke

"It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8

I was scheduled to be induced at 5:00 AM on Friday, September 16th (6 days before my due date). Since Cayden was over 8 lbs & caused me complications during my first delivery, my doctor and I decided the best thing would be to get this baby to come a few days early. Especially since they estimated her to be 6 lbs, 13 oz at my 36 week ultrasound.

I was so nervous and excited on Thursday night that I could hardly sleep. Collin took Tylenol PM to help him sleep and he was out like a light at 8:00. Me, on the other hand, wasn't able to fall asleep until around 10:30 or 11:00. I woke up at 2:00 AM and couldn't go back to sleep so I just got up and took a shower. I got a phone call at 3:00 saying that I had been bumped and not to show up until 7:30. I went back to bed and got a little more sleep before it was time to get ready and head to the hospital.
My last belly shot at 39 weeks, 1 day

We arrived at the hospital right at 7:30 and got put in a room right away. I was already having contractions 2-3 minutes apart and "Nurse Betty" told me that she didn't think I would need much Pitocin, After I signed my life away, she checked me with her giant gorilla hands (seriously, she was awful!!), got the IV in place, and then got the Pitocin started at exactly 8:34 AM. She came in shortly after that and explained that she was going to have to leave and that Danita would be my nurse. I was OVERJOYED! Not that Betty was bad, but Danita had been my nurse for the first part of my labor with Cayden (I was in labor for 18 hours with him so I had 2 nurses) and she was wonderful. Collin and I had been praying about who my nurse would be and I was very hopeful that it would be Danita but knew the chances of that were very slim. Since I was very nervous going into this labor with all of the complications that I had with Cayden, it was a neat reminder that God had gone before me and was there with me. That I had nothing to fear. It brought me such peace. Collin kept commenting on how relaxed I was. God is good.


Danita agreed with my doctor that since this was my second baby, I probably should get the epidural before the doctor came in to break my water. She checked me around 11:00 AM and I was dilated to a 3 and in active labor. I was definitely feeling the contractions but they weren't what I would consider really painful. NOTHING compared to what I felt like with Cayden before I got the epidural. I didn't necessarily want to get the epidural that early but we thought that my doc would be coming by around lunchtime so we decided that I should go ahead and get it. The anesthesiologist came by and did his thing and shortly after my legs started going numb. It was weird to get the epidural without being in tons of pain. I was actually a little more nervous about it this time than I was my first. It took the doc 2 tries to get in between my spine but he finally did and it was over quick - praise Jesus.

Danita waited about 10-15 minutes before she put in the foley catheter. I kept telling her that I could still feel everything around that portion of my body and she assured me it would be fine. Well, I had total feeling "down there" when she put it in. I wanted to cry - catheters are not fun.

Dr. Pritchett came by around lunchtime and broke my water. She had a hard time breaking it. Apparently I had a very thick, healthy water bag. I'm sure you wanted to know that but this is more for me for posterity's sake so sorry if its TMI. She said I was dilated to a 5 and I was thrilled that things were progressing rather quickly. I still had some feeling so I mentioned it to Danita who said we would call back the anesthesiologist if it was still there in a little bit. At 2:00 PM, Danita checked me and said I was dilated to a 7, 90% effaced, and at 0 station. The anesthesiologist came back and gave me a little more numbing juice and I tried to relax before things really started to happen. We were hopeful that the baby would come before dinner time and were excited that it looked like it would happen. We really didn't want another middle of the night baby!

Family brought Cayden in to see me and at first he didn't know what to think about mommy in a hospital bed. The first thing he did was look at my iv and say, "Mommy got a booboo?" We assured him that I was fine and after that, he did great.

My throat was getting pretty sore so I mentioned it to Danita and she said to stop eating ice at 2:30 and she would come in at 3:00 and take my temperature. While she was gone, I started feeling the urge to push. I thought I was progressing more but had no idea how much... At 3:15 Danita hadn't come in yet and I was sure it was almost that time. I had Collin go get her and sure enough, I was dilated 10 centimeters, 100% effaced, and at +2 station. She had me do 1 practice push to see how fast the baby would come and almost as quickly as she told me to push she told me to stop. It was clear this baby was ready and coming fast. She left in a hurry to call my doctor. Not 5 minutes later, Dr. Pritchett walks in followed by the baby catcher (that's what they call her!) and some other hospital staff. I pushed a grand total of 4 times, the heavens opened, the angels sang, and Kyla Brooke Day entered the world.


She came out screaming and we were all laughing at what a good set of lungs she has! She had just a little peach fuzz - so typical...my son came out needing a haircut but my daughter doesn't have much hair - ha! It's hard to tell what color her hair is since there's not much of it. We think either dark blonde or light brown. She has gray blue eyes and the cutest little face. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz and we were shocked at what a small baby she is since they estimated her to be 8+ lbs at delivery.


She got a 9.9 on the apgar (just like her big bro) and seemed to be doing really well. She took to nursing right away (such a blessing because her brother had issues) and did great. Her daddy and I were instantly in love. After a little time went by, family came in and we got to introduce Cayden to his baby sister. As soon as he saw her he said, "I want to hold and love that baby!" He is such a sweet boy and is a very gentle, loving big brother.

He was wearing a cute big brother shirt - I wish we had a better picture of him from that day in this shirt.

Here's Kyla Brooke with my amazing OB - Dr. Pritchett. While I did have to have a 3rd degree episiotomy, this delivery was light years better than my first and Dr. Pritchett released me to go home on Saturday night. Kyla Brooke's pediatrician's office wanted her to stay until Sunday because her blood sugar levels were low after birth. They want it to be above 50 and hers were 47 & 48. They had to supplement her with formula to get her glucose levels up but once she had some formula in her, the levels shot up to 81 and stayed elevated. Praise the Lord! I was sad they had to give her formula but it didn't seem to phase her at all and she continued nursing like a champ.

Cayden was excited to come up and see baby sister on Saturday and got to hold her for the first time. I will treasure this picture and the precious look on his face forever. He was so proud.

Here we are with the wonderful Danita. She was precious and helped to make this special day for our family even better.


We got the ok to be released from her pediatricians office on Sunday morning and by lunchtime, we were headed home. This picture of her in her carseat cracks me up because her headband looks so big. In reality, it's not that big. The flower is only 3 inches in diameter but her head is so small that it looks huge!

Our first photo as a family of 4!

Headed home!

When I think about Kyla Brooke's birth day the theme that keeps coming to mind is the mercy of God. He blessed me with an easy delivery and a healthy baby and we are so thankful! God was just as good back in January of 2009 when we had such a crazy week with the birth of Cayden and we know that He allowed everything that we went through for His good and ultimately our own. And He helped us get through it. We also know that He blessed us with an easy delivery this time and we are praising Him for that! He is good all the time.

I still find it hard to believe that I have a daughter. I am dressing her in rufflebutt pants and bows and just having fun! She's like my own little doll. I get giddy about dressing her everyday - isn't that silly?! She is so precious and I feel like I walk around all the time with the soundtrack "Isn't she lovely?" playing on repeat in my head.

I will update as soon as I can on life at home with 2. I am tired but SO SO blessed!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Announcing...

Kyla Brooke Day


Born September 16, 2011 at 3:34 PM
Weighing 6 lbs, 10 oz and 20.5 inches

She is little bitty and perfect and has stolen our hearts. God has blessed us immensely and we are overflowing with thankfulness at all He has done. I will post her birth story soon.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

School Days

I still have a hard time believing that my first baby is in preschool! We went to Meet the Teacher a couple weeks ago and he did super. He has a couple of great teachers and I know he will have a fabulous year! He goes 2 days a week for 5 hours a day and while I miss him when he's gone, I know the social and educational aspects are going to be so good for him.

Excited to go to Meet the Teacher




Playing in the dress up area

His first day was last week and while we had talked it up a bunch and he seemed excited, the morning did NOT go as planned. We had gone to bed early and tried to do everything that you do on the night before the first day of school.

One of our sprinkler pipes burst at 6:45 AM and so we all woke up earlier than planned, including Cayden. Nothing that morning seemed to go right and even though we woke up early, we still ended up running a little behind schedule. Cayden was tired and did not want to cooperate. This is the only picture I got of him before we left the house. It about sums up the morning!


By the time we got to school he had calmed down but still wasn't in the greatest mood.

When we got into school and outside his classroom, one of his teachers was having to peel a screaming classmate off his momma. I tried to distract Cayden but there's no distracting an already nervous toddler from a screaming, kicking child standing three feet away. We went into the classroom, I helped him put his stuff in his cubbie, and hugged him goodbye. I could see how brave he was trying to be in his little face but as soon as I said bye, he started crying. Broke my heart! I quickly walked out and watched him through the little secret window for a minute. After a couple minutes, he was totally fine and playing.

I had these visions of picking him up and him being so happy to see me - we would go get ice cream after school and it would be a sweet memory. That did NOT happen. When it's time to pick the kids up, they're still napping so they let the parents wake them. Cayden is a great nap taker and does not like being woken up (especially since he was SO tired from waking up early and playing hard) and he did not act happy to see me. He fussed and cried all the way to the car and was in a terrible mood all the way home. We did not get ice cream and it made me sad :( Once we got home, he slowly snapped out of it. I had anticipated a very different first day of school and I went to bed feeling sad and defeated that the day had gone so differently than I planned. I'm sure the crazy pregnancy hormones had nothing to do with that :)

Praise the Lord that His mercies are new every morning. Cayden's second day went better. He still woke up early but the morning was much smoother and I actually got the backpack wearing fireplace picture that I wanted on the first day! We sang happily all the way to school and when it came time to go into his classroom, he walked right in and didn't cry when I left! I was so proud!

He was in a bit of a sour mood when I picked him up but it was better than the first day and he snapped out of it in time for us to get ice cream together on the way home. He was excited to put his artwork on the fridge when we got home. It was a much better day! Here's to hoping this week goes even better!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

38 Weeks - Aaggghhhh!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 38 Weeks

Size of baby: About 19.75 inches - the size of a watermelon - and weighs around 7 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 29 lbs - I am right on track to hitting my no-more-than-30 lb's-gained-goal

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies (which are gettin' preeeety snug!) & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: Her movement has slowed down over the last week. She's running out of room!

Sleep: Not great but I keep reminding myself that it could be worse. Soon, I'll be getting up every little bit with a baby so I'm trying to enjoy all the sleep I can right now!

What I miss: Lots of things about not being pregnant but since I'm in the home stretch, I am trying to enjoy the things that I love about being pregnant. Especially since this may be my last time doing this.

Cravings: Nothing real specific, I'm just hungry! Once I hit 9 months, the hunger finally set in. I am eating lots more these days than I have been this entire pregnancy. I did send Collin to the store for some applesauce that I had to have the other night. And I devoured the entire jar in 2 or 3 sittings.

Symptoms: I think I have almost every symptom out there. My feet are getting ridiculously swollen.

Best Moment this week: Having Cayden (who was in a great mood - a rarity this week!) all to myself this afternoon.

My sweet Cayden is having a rough week. Being the perceptive 2 year old that he is, he's picking up on all the chaos and baby preparations around the house and I know he can tell things are about to happen. He doesn't have a clue how his world is about to be rocked, but he knows something's up. He also started school yesterday for the first time ever. He is going to a great local preschool (I hate using the term "Mother's Day Out" because to me that implies it's like a babysitting service and it's not! They have curriculum and themes and do projects and work on all sorts of things like shapes, colors, letters, they incorporate Spanish, have circle time, etc.). I will try and post details about the first day of school with pictures soon but for the purposes of this quick 38 week update post, let me just say that school - as it is for any child - is going to be an adjustment. On top of that big milestone, Cayden will be joining us in welcoming his baby sister in 8 days! That's right - we are scheduled to be at the hospital for induction on September 16th. For insurance purposes, we are praying that she holds out until then but my doctor (and me!) are trying to avoid some of the issues that I had with Cayden this go around so she wants to induce sooner rather than later. Sooo, we will be meeting this sweet baby in just 8 days (I will be 39 weeks + 1 day). AAGGGHHHH! Suffice it to say, our little man has some major adjustments this month. Extra prayers for him are greatly appreciated. He has been a bit of a handful lately and in these final days of pregnancy, my fuse has been much shorter than normal with him. While I am thrilled about this sweet baby girl and so excited to have her join our family, I am grieving the time that I am losing with just me and Cayden. I have these visions of all these things I want to do with him while it's still just the 2 of us. It seems like nothing I have planned is going the way I envisioned it and it makes me sad - usually because of his attitude lately. I get frustrated. Then I feel bad about it because I know he has so much going on right now and I need to be extra reassuring and loving towards him. It's a weird place to be. Honestly, I could use some prayer too.

As far as baby girl goes, she seems to be doing great. At my 38 week check up today she was measuring 34 weeks but doctor thinks it's just because she's slowly dropping. Last week at 37, she was measuring 35. She's not estimated to be a small baby so I'm not worried about it. Her bedding arrived last week and her room is almost ready. We have to put the vinyl up above her dresser, hang a memo board, and her bow holder, and finish painting the canvas to go above her crib and her room should be done. My dad is coming over tomorrow while Cayden is in school to help me with the first 3 of those things and I'm hoping to get quite a bit done on the canvas over the weekend. I still have some house cleaning to get done, a couple more meals to make and freeze, and Collin needs to pack his bag but other than that - we are ready. I really will post a belly picture soon. We've just been so busy lately we haven't really taken any pics. Shame on us!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Isn't she lovely?


Here is our baby girl at 36 weeks. She's precious, squishy, and obviously running out of room :)

I love the above picture because it looks like she's flexing her big bicep. Ha! She looks like Cayden to me in this picture. So excited to meet her!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

36 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 36 Weeks

Size of baby: About 18.75 inches - the size of a crenshaw melon - and weighs around 5.75 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 27 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies (which are gettin' preeeety snug!) & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity these days.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She moves tons and I love it. I will miss it once I'm not pregnant.

Sleep: Not great but I cannot complain. Just so thankful to be pregnant with this sweet babe. The increased weight gain is putting pressure on my hips and between that and HORRIFIC heartburn and the nonstop trips to the bathroom I am constantly exhausted the next day. Well, that and the whole growing a person thing is pretty tiring too! :)

What I miss: Lots of things about not being pregnant but since I'm in the home stretch, I am trying to enjoy the things that I love about being pregnant. Especially since this may be my last time doing this.

Cravings: Not too much.

Symptoms: Just about every symptom in the book. My feet are really starting to swell and even my hands and fingers are getting in on the sausage like action.

Best Moment this week: Seeing our sweet little girl on ultrasound this morning at my 36 week check up.

My doc's appointment today went good. Baby girl looks great via ultrasound and I'm so grateful. The tech let me see her in 4D and it was so sweet. She has such a cute little face! I will post a couple pictures later. We also learned that she is head down, which is great. The tech also estimated her at about 6.5 lbs and that freaks me out! That means if I go 40 weeks, she'll most likely weigh about 8.5 lbs - aaghhh! I know in the big scheme of things that's really not that big but Cayden was 8 lbs, 3 oz and without going into detail, I had a RoUgH time. Sooo, my doc is looking at inducing once I hit 39 weeks if she hasn't come yet. We talked about a couple possible dates but it's still too early to talk very specific. She "checked" me and things are starting to progress so we'll see what the next few weeks hold. I was induced with Cayden the day before my due date and really don't want to be induced this time but I also don't want to deal with the issues I had last time so if inducing will help prevent that, I am all for it. Honestly, we're just praying over this all because the only one that knows the future is the good Lord and we're trusting Him to do the best thing for us all. The earliest date we're talking about inducing is 3 weeks from tomorrow so I need to get busy -- I have lots to do over the next 3 weeks!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

35 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 35 Weeks

Size of baby: About 18 inches - the size of a honeydew melon - and weighs around 5.25 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 26 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies (which are gettin' preeeety snug!) & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity these days.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She still moves a lot. I'm expecting her movement to slow down soon since she's getting so big but so far she's remained fairly active. She moves most late at night and early in the morning but she definitely makes her presence known throughout the day too. Her movements are so strong that she frequently causes me to jump. We're worried this might be an indication that she's going to be our wild child! :) Cayden likes to put his hand on my tummy but as soon as she moves, he immediately jerks his hand away and acts freaked out. He is in for the shock of his life when she enters our home next month. We keep telling him that she's coming out soon but he's 2 so even though he talks about how she's "coming out", we know he has no clue.

Sleep: Not too good and getting worse. The increased weight gain is putting pressure on my hips and between that and HORRIFIC heartburn and the nonstop trips to the bathroom I am constantly exhausted the next day. Well, that and the whole growing a person thing is pretty tiring too!

What I miss: Lots of things about not being pregnant but since I'm in the home stretch, I am trying to enjoy the things that I love about being pregnant. Especially since this may be my last time doing this.

Cravings: I have had a thing for lime flavored things lately. And I ate a pepperoni sandwich the other day. Random and seems weird to me but I posted something about it on Facebook and other people don't seem to think it's that weird so maybe it's not? It was just pepperoni and bread and it tasted sooo good. Ha!

Symptoms: Just about every symptom in the book. My feet are really starting to swell and even my hands and fingers are getting in on the sausage like action.

Best Moment this week: Getting lots done on the nursery. It's really coming together and I love the way it's turning out!

I am getting really behind on blogging and skipped posting last week. I had a doctors appointment last Thursday - everything is fine. I had only gained 1 lb since the 2 weeks before and they were impressed with that. I made up for it and gained the allotted 1 lb per week this week. If baby gains 1/2 lb per week at this rate I would like to know where the other half pound is going! I will get a sonogram next week to check baby's position and get a weight estimate. I'm eager to hear her weight and to make sure that she is indeed a girl. I know it's goofy because her 20 week ultrasound photos were very clear that she is indeed a SHE but I would still like that reassurance. Her room has quite a bit of pink and lots of flowers and it makes me just a wee bit nervous! I will post after that appointment, with a belly picture, and will try to update soon on just life in general. Cayden is so fun these days and I really need to be better about writing things he does and says down.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

33 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 33 Weeks

Size of baby: About 17 inches - the size of a pineapple - and weighs around 4.25 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 25 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies (which are gettin' preeeety snug!) & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity these days.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She still moves a lot. I'm expecting her movement to slow down soon since she's getting so big but so far she's remained fairly active. She moves most late at night and early in the morning but she definitely makes her presence known throughout the day too. Her movements are so strong that she frequent causes me to jump. We're worried this might be an indication that she's going to be our wild child! :)

Sleep: Not too good and getting worse. The increased weight gain is putting pressure on my hips and between that and the nonstop trips to the bathroom I am constantly exhausted the next day. Well, that and the whole growing a person thing is pretty tiring too!

What I miss: Lots of things about not being pregnant but since I'm in the home stretch, I am trying to enjoy the things that I love about being pregnant. Especially since this may be my last time doing this.

Cravings: I have had a thing for lime flavored things lately.

Symptoms: Just about every symptom in the book.

Best Moment this week: Being able to mark "Potty train Cayden" off the "Things to do before Baby #2" list.

We still have a long way to go but we know that we won't have to go back to diapers and that is HUGE! I will try to post more about this later because I don't want to forget these "special" memories!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

32 Weeks

Sorry there's no picture - we started potty training today and there's no time for pictures :)

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 32 Weeks

Size of baby: About 16.7 inches - the size of a large jicama - and weighs around 3.75 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 24 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity these days.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: Tons - I love it! She is very active and getting so strong. She does these huge body rolls and it causes me to jump!

Sleep: Not too good but it could be worse. At least I'm not having insomnia, right?!?

What I miss: Being able to sit down and play with Cayden and easily get up off the floor!

Cravings: Still not too much.

Symptoms: Just about every symptom in the book.

Best Moment this week: Getting some things done on the nursery. Nesting has officially set in and I'm eager to get everything done and ready for d-day! I will post pics of her nursery once it's finished. The bedding won't be in until close to her due date so it wouldn't make much sense to post pics now - it's amazing how much bedding pulls a room together!

As I mentioned earlier, we are in potty training mode around here. So far, it's going as well as can be expected. I am doing my own variation of the 3 day method. We have had several accidents and some successes too, even including a small poopy success! I've encountered some issues but I'm hoping that over the course of the next few days we can get it ironed out and it will all "click" with him. Prayers are appreciated :) I feel like I've taken up residence in his bathroom!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

31 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 31 Weeks

Size of baby: About 16.25 inches - the size of 4 navel oranges (is it just me or is that a weird thing to compare the size of your baby to?!) - and weighs around 3.3 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 22 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity these days.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She is moving a lot and I love it. She has started doing these stretches where her feet are on one side of my body and her hands are on the other and it literally feels like she's trying to push her way out. Ha!

Sleep: Not sleeping great. Especially not the past couple nights. Tuesday night I had Braxton Hicks contractions a lot of the night and didn't get much sleep. Then last night was our first night on our little family of 3 get-a-way and I slept in a bed with Cayden...so yeah...didn't sleep good then either. At least I'm still sleeping better than I will be in a few months!

What I miss: Everything about not being pregnant - except for the baby kicks and how people are nicer to you when you're pregnant. I love the way people smile at you when you're pregnant. Something about Christmas time and pregnant girls just seem to make people happy & I'm soaking up as much of it as I can!

Cravings: Still not too much.

Symptoms: Just about every symptom in the book.

Best Moment this week: We are thoroughly enjoying time away from the everyday life and livin' it up on the Riverwalk in San Antonio right now. Cayden had a blast last night and today and we're looking forward to the next few days as well. It's surreal to me to think that the next time we do a little family get-a-way like this, there will be 4 of us!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

30 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 30 Weeks

Size of baby: About 15.7 inches - the size of a cabbage - and weighs around 2.75 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 20.5 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Except for certain jammies & some of Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity these days.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: She is moving a lot and I love it. She moves most early in the morning, late at night, and shortly after I eat. It's by far the best part of pregnancy and I'll miss it when she decides to grace us with her presence here in the outside world.

Sleep: Ehh....... The lack of breathing when I lay down and the increasing pain on my hips from laying on my sides are quite annoying. Especially when I'm SO TIRED all the time!

What I miss: Not being pregnant. Honestly, I don't know how else to put it. I am hitting that miserable stage. I won't give you the laundry list of why but the 'not being pregnant' pretty much sums it up.

Cravings: I am still not craving much although tonight I decided that I NEEDED some fresh pineapple so the boys are out getting it for me right now. Love those boys.

Symptoms: To be blunt about it, 3rd trimester = MISERABLE. I'm trying to enjoy being pregnant, especially since this may be my last time to experience this miracle. Between the aches & pains, horrific heartburn, Braxton Hicks, constant need to pee, inability to breathe through my nose and the shortness of breath, headaches, and being hot all the time - I am pretty much over it.

Best Moment this week: Hearing her heartbeat today and knowing that she'll be here in 70 days or less!

We are going on a little trip soon just the 3 of us and I'm really looking forward to it. Collin has had so much going on at work recently - I'm excited to get away for a bit and spend some time with my boys! Well, my pineapple has arrived so I'm going to go devour it! Hope you are having a great week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stating the obvious

It's hot. If you live in Texas, you know this. It's hot every summer but somehow this year, it's hotter than usual. And I'm not even talking about the fact that I'm 7 months pregnant so I have this built in furnace that I carry around with me everywhere I go. It's literally hotter outside this year. I keep hearing about how this is record breaking heat for our area. Add the furnace thing on top of it and the fact that I have to shave my legs with my big belly and our small excuse for a stand up shower and I tell you what...I'm about over being in the 3rd trimester in the summertime. I have told Collin that IF (the jury is out on this and probably will be for quite a while) we ever have another baby, I do NOT want a late summer/early fall baby ever again. I am over the moon excited about our daughter, and while I want her to stay cooking for another couple months, we are thrilled to meet her come September 16th ish. BUT, I am miserable. Just thought I'd get that out there. Rant over. I will post my 30 week update tomorrow.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

28 Weeks

Sorry no pic this week - just imagine me a tiny bit bigger than last week! And a tiny bit tanner, too :)

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 28 Weeks

Size of baby: About 14.8 inches - the size of a chinese cabbage (what is that?!) - and weighs around 2.3 lbs

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 18 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Except for jammies & Collin's t-shirts I am all maternity these days.

Gender: It's a GIRL!

Movement: Moving quite a bit. Somedays she's super active and some days she is very chill and I won't feel her as much. Lately she's been really active early in the morning. Hope that doesn't mean she'll be an early riser! If so, she'll be the only one in this family!

Sleep: Ehh, sleeping ok. The lack of breathing when I lay down and the increasing pain on my hips from laying on my sides are quite annoying. Especially when I'm SO TIRED!

What I miss: Not having a huge belly. I am thankful for my pregnant belly and all, don't get me wrong, but it's getting increasingly more difficult to keep up with Cayden and it's only getting harder the bigger I get. I feel confident that Cayden misses my flatter stomach as well.

Cravings: Not a lot. I'm hungry but nothing sounds good.

Symptoms: Same old same old. All the same symptoms are still here with the addition of my acid reflux acting up. It hit me in the night last night and I was miserable until my aciphex kicked in. So thankful that is category B and I can take it while pregnant. Hoping that was a random fluke and not a new normal for me.

Best Moment this week: Collin took vacation on Monday and we spent the day with our best friends at NRH2O. I hadn't been in FOREVER and it was so much fun! I wish Collin could take every Monday off -- it was a fabulous way to start the week. As miserable as I'm starting to feel some days, I'm really trying to enjoy this time while it's still just the 3 of us. I'm so excited for this baby to be here but I also cherish this time right now.

I have a pregnancy app on my phone and it greeted me this morning by telling me that I am officially in my 3rd trimester and that we have 84 days left until our due date. That 84 days freaked me out a little! We have so much to do. The craft bug bit me yesterday & Cayden and I made a trip to Hobby Lobby to get a few supplies. I made door hangers for both the kids rooms (weird to say "kids"!) and painted a little something for sisters room. I have got to get busy on decorating her room over the next couple months. She will be here in 84 days or less! Wow.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Murder at the Juice Joint

We recently went to a murder mystery party to celebrate a friends birthday. It was set in Chicago during the 20's and we had a fun time getting into character. Collin was "Southside Sal", a mob boss and I was "Natalie Nemetz", Soutside Sal's secret love and the little sister of "Notorious Nick", a rival mob boss.

Here we are getting ready to leave the house. Cayden did not know what to think about all my makeup. He kept looking at my red lips and saying, "Mommy mouth is red". Ha! After the party was over, it took me about 2 days to get my lips back to normal color!

When everyone arrived, they got their mug shot taken. Mine cracks us up - I look so hard core!

It was a really fun night of getting dressed up and playing a character. There was a "murder" that happened that evening and we had to piece the clues together and try to figure out who the killer was. I had never done one of these but always wanted to. It was a very creative birthday party!